Mrs Allen was the cream of the crop who leaves a legacy of food, laughter and love
Myrtle Allen, the beloved matriarch of Ballymaloe, taught friends and family about much more than food, writes her granddaughter-in-law Rachel Allen
I remember, when I was little, first hearing about Ballymaloe House from my parents who had been there for a weekend with friends.
They spoke of the delicious home-grown food from the farm and the way that they were made to feel so welcome, as though they were not staying in a hotel but rather in someone's home.
And that was right, as Ballymaloe was firstly the home of Myrtle and Ivan Allen and their six children, and secondly a restaurant with some rooms.